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Writers (WGA):
Robert Towne (characters)
Robert Towne (written by)
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Release Date:
10 August 1990 (USA) See more »
They say money makes the world go round. But sex was invented before money.
The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds Jake Gittes investigating adultery and murder... and the money that comes from oil. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Has real potential, but in the end, it's just too convoluted and long-winded See more (50 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Nicholson ... J.J. 'Jake' Gittes

Harvey Keitel ... Julius 'Jake' Berman

Meg Tilly ... Kitty Berman

Madeleine Stowe ... Lillian Bodine

Eli Wallach ... Cotton Weinberger

Rubén Blades ... Michael 'Mickey Nice' Weisskopf

Frederic Forrest ... Chuck Newty

David Keith ... Det. Lt. Loach

Richard Farnsworth ... Earl Rawley

Tracey Walter ... Tyrone Otley

Joe Mantell ... Lawrence Walsh

James Hong ... Kahn

Perry Lopez ... Captain Lou Escobar
Jeff Morris ... Ralph Tilton

Rebecca Broussard ... Gladys
Paul A. DiCocco Jr. ... Liberty Levine
John Hackett ... Mark Bodine
Rosie Vela ... Linda

Allan Warnick ... Manfred P. Rippey
Susan Forristal ... Delores
Will Tynan ... Judge Alexander K. Dettmer

Van Dyke Parks ... Francis Hannah

William Duffy ... Desk Sergeant
Sue Carlton ... Mattie Rawley
Don McGovern ... Bartender (as Don McGovern)

Luana Anders ... Florist

Dean Hill ... Cop with Parrot
Pia Grønning ... Dr. Elsa Branchauer
John Herman Shaner ... Saul
Michael Shaner ... Benny

Lee Weaver ... Caddy #1
Malek Abdul-Mansour ... Caddy #2
Kenneth Cervi ... Prowler (as Ken Cervi)
Annie Marshall ... Client with Dog
Ian Thorpe ... Errol Flynn Look-alike
Collette Northrop ... Cigarette Hat Check Girl
Patricia Durham ... Clarissa
Randi Ingerman ... Lana
Joy Wayman ... Lady Asleep at Clinic
Bob George ... Bar Maitre D'
Suzanne Mitchell ... The Redhead
Alan Chaffin ... Bar Manager
Wyn Costello ... Black-Eye Woman
Lisa Croisette ... Laura Teal, Actress at Max Factor (as Lisa Regina Croisette)
Jessica Z. Diamond ... Receptionist
Scott Flynn ... Golf Advisor
Benard Ihgner ... Singer at Green Parrot
Earl Palmer ... Green Parrot Band
Simeon Pillich ... Green Parrot Band
Herman Riley ... Green Parrot Band

Faye Dunaway ... Evelyn Mulwray (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paulie DiCocco ... Liberty Levine (uncredited)

James Ent ... Bailiff #2 (uncredited)

Jeffery Thomas Johnson ... Golfer (uncredited)

Moreen Littrell ... Military Wife (uncredited)
Meredith McKenzie-Alcus ... Mother with Baby (uncredited)
John Michael Quinn ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)

Tereza Rizzardi ... Woman at Max Factor (uncredited)

Tom Waits ... Plainclothes Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Nicholson 
Writing credits
Robert Towne (characters)

Robert Towne (written by)

Produced by
R. Blaine Currier .... associate producer
Robert Evans .... producer
Alan Finkelstein .... associate producer
Harold Schneider .... producer
Jack Nicholson .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Van Dyke Parks 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
Film Editing by
Anne Goursaud 
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
Production Design by
Jeremy Railton 
Richard Sawyer 
Art Direction by
Richard Schreiber 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
Costume Design by
Wayne A. Finkelman 
Makeup Department
Ray Sebastian .... makeup artist
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist
Production Management
Max Stein .... unit production manager (as Max A. Stein)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Daves .... first assistant director
Todd Grodnick .... second second assistant director
Michael Kennedy .... assistant director
Linda Rockstroh .... second assistant director
Gail Seely .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Mark Boucher .... set dresser
Mark Boucher .... swing gang
Nigel A. Boucher .... leadman
Emily Ferry .... property master
Christopher Gilman .... props
David Goldstein .... lead painter
Charles R. Lipscomb .... lead man
Harold Michelson .... storyboard artist
Mike Villarino .... propmaker
Sound Department
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Julia Evershade .... supervising sound editor
John Hoeren .... sound effects editor
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
Art Rochester .... production sound mixer
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Douglas J. Schulman .... boom operator
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul C. Warschilka .... first assistant sound editor
Thomas Whiting .... supervisng adr editor
David Williams .... dialogue editor
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Domeyer .... special effects
R.J. Hohman .... special effects assistant
Joe Lombardi .... special effects coordinator
Paul J. Lombardi .... supervisor
Michael Roundy .... special effects technician
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Lloyd Alexander .... grip
William D. Barber .... first assistant camera
Earl L. Clark .... camera operator
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator
Jeff Mart .... Steadicam operator
Chris Squires .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Iris Crall .... costumer
Editorial Department
Ron Lambert .... color timer
Jimmy Sandoval .... first assistant editor
Music Department
J.J. George .... assistant music editor
Todd Hayen .... orchestrator
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator
Lonnie Sill .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Paulie DiCocco .... driver: Harvey Keitel
Shane Greedy .... production driver
Dennis Junt .... picture car coordinator
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Joseph Sullivan .... driver
Other crew
Carmen Avila .... assistant accountant
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Sandra Boissier .... assistant to producer (as Sandra Baragiola Boissier)
Robert L. Dohan .... assistant location manager
Les Godwin .... associate location manager
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer
John Hackett .... stand-in
T.J. Healy II .... assistant location manager
Jim Jaffe .... product placement
Andrew Lipschultz .... unit publicist
Bertram McCann .... marine coordinator
Jennifer Nicholson .... assistant to production designers
Jane Prosnit .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

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137 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-14 | Germany:12 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Harrison Ford and Roy Scheider were Robert Towne's choice for the part of the older Jake Gittes.See more »
Factual errors: The movie begins with a voice over & a close-up of a Leica III camera apparently being used to secretly taking pictures of a tryst. Hands are seen focusing the lens, snapping the pictures and advancing the film. The Leica III uses a retractable lens for better storage in a camera case. The lens shown has not been drawn out from its compact position & therefore would not have been able to focus properly to take pictures.See more »
Jake Berman:Where were we?
Jake Gittes:Well, I was accusing you of murder, Mr. Berman.
Jake Berman:Call me Jake.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Big Lebowski (1998)See more »
Don't Smoke In BedSee more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Has real potential, but in the end, it's just too convoluted and long-winded, 3 December 2006
Author: Grann-Bach ( from Denmark

This sounded pretty good... Nicholson is mostly fun to watch, and I enjoyed Chinatown immensely(Towne returning to write this sequel was a treat, as well). I enjoyed it for a while, but not too far past the half-way point, I realized that it had run out of steam... the film kept rolling, but it no longer kept the viewers' attention. Jack Nicholson is no director, and it shows... while he is a skilled actor, he should stay in front of the camera instead of trying his hand behind it. The cinematography is close, but doesn't quite make it to being good... we have shots that linger, and wasted opportunities aplenty. Polanski's loose, involving camera is sorely missed here. The pacing is also off... the film ends up seeming heavy as a result. The writing is quite good. The acting varies, but is mostly on the positive end. The tone isn't entirely sure what it wants to be, but does create some great "noir" moments. Jake's monologues are occasionally spot-on. The mystery varied some... parts of it, I had figured out before the lead, whereas others only became clear to me just as they were revealed. This is a hit and miss scenario... and unfortunately, it misses more than it hits. This is worth watching as a continuation of Chinatown for those that want more of the plot, and can compromise with the drop in style and finesse of the film-making values. I recommend this to big fans of Jack Nicholson and those interested in seeing what occurred after the events of Chinatown. 6/10

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